Game 3 of the NBA Finals might have been the Cleveland Cavaliers’ best chance to get back into the series, after dropping the first two games in California. The game was close with just a few minutes left, until Kevin Durant hit a dagger of a three-pointer, and the Cavs just couldn’t find a bucket in the final moments of the game.
With a 118-113 win, the Golden State Warriors will now have four chances to close out the series and win their second championship in three years. Even though the Cavs came back from being down 3-1 in 2016, virtually no one expects them to be able to pull this one out.
Except maybe J.R. Smith.
Just minutes after the final whistle of Game 3, Smith fired up the Twitter machine to drop this hot take:Via Twitter
The tweet was retweeted over 30,000 times before Smith caved and deleted it. Sure, it’s a bold statement and it’s great that the Cavaliers still have confidence in their ability to turn the Finals into a competitive series. But this tweet could also be used to fire up the Warriors, who definitely don’t need any more help at this point.
After that, things got even more interesting. According to Joseph Casciaro of TheScore, Smith said that his account was hacked and didn’t post that tweet. Yep, the old “my account was hacked” excuse, which has become the go-to line whenever a professional athlete (or any celebrity) does something dumb on social media.
Caught J.R. Smith as he was walking out of arena. Says he didn't tweet & account was hacked, but that he likes what the hacker was thinking
— Joseph Casciaro (@JosephCasciaro) June 8, 2017
Game 4 goes down Friday night in Cleveland. LeBron James and company know that they can’t afford any more mistakes if they are going to push this to a Game 7. Then again, it’s hard to beat a Warriors team that has two MVPs and four potential future Hall of Famers.